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Williamstown - Latest Town Hit Hard by Flooding

One by one - every single town in Vermont seems to be getting slammed by these relentless storms. The stories are similar, but the locations are changing.
One by one - every single town in Vermont seems to be getting slammed by these relentless storms. The stories are similar, but the locations are changing.

Tonight, we'll take you to the streets of Williamstown.

Roads collapsed and homes are left underwater.

For weeks now, I feel like I’ve been covering the same thing - the power of water can be incredibly destructive - another town today, just torn apart. But the stories of the people I meet really prove just how strong these communities are.

The latest place to be torn up by torrential rain, Williamstown. Everywhere you look, devastation - waist high waterlines show just how powerful the downpour was. Chris Eaton has lived in a house next to a little creek for ten years - Tuesday it was a roaring river.

"Yesterday I would have walked over to your house and barely got my shoes wet, I could have jumped it. Today it's just opened up," Eaton said.

Eaton lost a lot of land when the bank gave way. "Everything right up to there is now gone," he said.

The baseball field is also drowning."The fence is down, the bleachers are wrecked, there's pieces of bleachers on my lawn," Eaton said.

Eaton lived through Tropical Storm Irene and says this is worse.

"It’s very very hard when you’re standing there staring at your house, water is gushing into your basement," he said.

Just down the road, Henry Premont’s basement also filled - he says there was no warning, the rain came down hard and fast.

"Two minutes later, I see stuff floating, three minutes later it was a river," Premont said.

Aside from the personal damage, this road has been completely washed away, huge pieces of asphalt are floating down what's now a river and fortunately there are two ways in and out but otherwise the families here would be completely stranded. The Red Cross says though that they haven't found any families who are completely displaced.

In addition to the Red Cross, the State Division of Fire Safety showed up.

"Our job is to just come in and make sure that the buildings are safe," Robert Sponable said.

The cleanup has already begun - and the community is proving its resilience.

"You gotta put one foot in front of the other and just do it!" Premont said.

Both the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Governor Shumlin toured the area today - if we don't qualify for federal assistance to get those roads and homes cleaned up, the Governor will call the legislature back, in order to come up with a plan.

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